A government planning tsar will step in to help make sure that council chiefs don’t have another Vale of Aylesbury Plan rejected.
Today Aylesbury Vale District Council leader Neil Blake. councillors Carole Paternoster and Sue Polhill and MP David Lidington met with planning minister Nick Boles at Westminster to discuss the situation.
Mr Boles promised the group that a retired senior planner from his department will come to Aylesbury to help them ensure that their blueprint is not rejected again.
Aylesbury Vale District Council has to go back to the drawing board for its housing and jobs targets after the plan was judged unsound by an independent government inspector.
The inspectorate said that the council did not consult adequately with neighbouring authorities on the amount of new homes required for the Vale.
Speaking after the meeting Mr Lidington said: “He said if the council wanted he would send a senior retired top planner to spend a day or so at Aylesbury Vale District Council, talking to officials and councillors about how the process works so they know exactly what they have to do in terms of paperwork.”
In a note in January seen by the Bucks Herald, the council’s head of planning Mr Byrne wrote: “Given the inspector’s comments on the assessment of our own ‘local’ needs and the requirement to respond to what is emerging from other authorities, it is inevitable that we will have to plan for a higher level of growth and this is highly likely to be rather more fundamental than the 6,000/9,000 additional houses debated by members in the summer of 2012.”
The 6,000 target in the Vale plan was in addition to homes that have already been given planning permission, setting an overall figure of 13,850 by 2031. However, the inspector said this was too low.